Bipolar Disorder Treatment History

Bipolar disorder was referred to as manic depressive disorder prior to 1980. The first treatment to be used for this disorder was lithium. This continues to be an effective and popular treatment today.

Fast Facts:

  • During the 1800s, experts determined that mania and depression in the same person could be caused by a single illness.
  • Many people with the disorder were institutionalized during the 1960s.
  • New medications are under development.